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Name : Laura D.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Enjoyed the book, great discussion

Ishmael's Oranges by Claire Hajaj
Very disappointing

The concept had a lot of promise. In the first half of the book, it seemed possible that the book might deliver. Unfortunately, one main character descended so far in to stereotype as to be close to be caricature , and the other faded into near nothingness.

We did have a reasonable discussion about what we had wished the book would be.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
I loved it

Some other book club members were less enthused. I think the difference came down to seeing events as the book as magical realism or stretches and coincidences. The range of opinions lead to a good discussion.

Informative, Dark, Dramatic
A very dark book

A rated it a \\\"No\\\" as a good book for book clubs, but that is not quite right. It makes for excellent discussion if you know what you are getting yourself into, and are willing to brave it.

This book was a difficult read because of the darkness, as well as some deliberate confusion. For many of us in the club, this made it difficult to appreciate the book\\\'s strengths, and it had many of those. It is extremely thought provoking and mentally challenging, and provides a look into a part of our world I had next to no information about.

Landline: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell
Confusing, Slow, Fun
An interesting read

There isn't a lot of depth for book club discussion, but we did talk for quite a while about what we thought of various decisions made in the book-- there was a wider variety of responses than I expected.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Scary, Informative, Insightful
Nope. Wouldn't happen this way.

My book club is in Silicon Valley, and although we can see why Eggers points the direction he does, there are far too many people aware of the risks, and willing to be activists on the subject, for society to go this far.

Add that to a main character that isn't convincing on her personal journey, and the book simply didn't resonate with our club. We shared rants and then didn't have much else to say.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Great for discussion

The book itself had plenty to talk about, but it also inspired talk about our lives and the world around us.

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